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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC57 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Shipping Safety Fairways Along the Atlantic Coast 
Abstract:

The Coast Guard seeks comments regarding the possible establishment of shipping safety fairways (fairways) along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Fairways are marked routes for vessel traffic in which any obstructions are prohibited. The proposed fairways are based on two studies about vessel traffic along the Atlantic Coast. The Coast Guard is coordinating this action with the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) to minimize the impact on potential offshore energy leases.

 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 166   
Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 70003   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

This rulemaking would establish shipping safety fairways along the Atlantic coast of the United States to facilitate the direct and unobstructed transits of ships.  The establishment of fairways would ensure that obstruction-free routes are preserved to and from US ports and along the Atlantic coast.  This will reduce the risk of collision, allision and grounding, as well as alleviate the chance of increased time and expenses in transit. 

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Section 70003 of title 46 United States Code (46 U.S.C. 70003) directs the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard resides to designate necessary fairways that provide safe access routes for vessels proceeding to and from U.S. ports.

Alternatives:

The ANPRM outlined the Coast Guard's plans for fairways along the Atlantic Coast and requested information and data associated with the regulatory concepts.  The Coast Guard will use this information and data to shape regulatory language and alternatives and assess the associated impacts in the NPRM.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The fairways are intended to preserve traditional vessel navigation routes and are not mandatory. The Coast Guard anticipates the proposed fairways to improve navigational safety.

Risks:

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is leasing offshore areas that could affect customary shipping routes.  Expeditious pursuit of this rulemaking is intended to prevent conflict between customary shipping routes and areas that may be leased by BOEM. 

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  06/19/2020  85 FR 37034   
ANPRM Comment Period End  08/18/2020 
NPRM  06/00/2022 
Additional Information: Docket number USCG-2019-0279
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John Stone
Program Manager
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Office of Navigation Systems (CG-NAV), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7418,
Washington, DC 20593-7418
Phone:202 372-1093
Email: john.m.stone2@uscg.mil